Google kicked off its plan to offer free Wi-Fi services at India’s railway stations earlier this year with Mumbai Central. In less than five months, this free Wi-Fi service is available in 15 railway stations, and Google has said that over 300,000 commuters are using it every week. Google also says that it plans to introduce this free Wi-Fi service at 17 of Mumbai’s busiest local train stations by the end of this year. Also Read - FAU-G first impressions: This is no PUBG Mobile rival, but got some potentialAlso Read - 5 tips to keep in mind before buying a second-hand smartphone
Google has tied up with RailTel to launch its free Wi-Fi service called ‘RailWire’. After launching at Mumbai Central, the RailWire service has been introduced at stations in Allahabad, Jaipur, Patna, Ujjain Junction, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Ernakulam, Kacheguda, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam and Guwahati. Also Read - Google redesigning its Search results on mobile for better user experience
Google has already revealed that it plans to introduce the service at 100 railway stations by the end of this year, and 400 more stations in the next couple of years. The company is also targeting local stations in Mumbai, which see more than 1.5 million commuters pass through every day.
Google says that RailWire service will be introduced in 17 of the busiest Mumbai local stations by the end of this year. The roll out will begin with stations like Bandra Terminus, Borivali, Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Churchgate, Dadar, Kalyan, Kurla, Panvel, Thane and Vashi.
Mumbai’s suburban railway network is among the busiest rail systems in the world, and we will have to wait and see how the RailWire network is able to handle the sheer number of users trying to use free Wi-Fi. For commuters though it will be a boon as now they can browse the net or watch videos online while waiting for their trains.
It’s not just Mumbai’s local train stations that are getting free Wi-Fi services. Last month, the Delhi Metro awarded a 10-year contract to Techno Sat Comm for offering free Wi-Fi services to commuters. Paytm too has been testing its free public Wi-Fi service, starting with Noida Sector 18 metro station.
Google also isn’t the only one offering free Wi-Fi services at public places. BSNL was among the first to start rolling out Wi-Fi hotspots at public places. Along with airports like Srinagar, BSNL’s Wi-Fi hotspots are available at tourist destinations like Puri, and Malpe beach in Udupi district among others. In fact the company plans on setting up to 40,000 Wi-Fi hotspots around the country.
The likes of Aircel and Videocon too are offering free Wi-Fi services at select places. While all eyes are on Reliance Jio‘s 4G rollout, the company is teasing its capabilities by offering Wi-Fi hotspots at select places. We tried out Jio’s free Wi-Fi services at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai earlier this year and were left impressed.